Some Academy Award-winning films include “Annie Hall,” “Midnight Cowboy” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” These films all received the award for Best Picture in their respective years.
“Annie Hall” was amateur Woody Allen’s artistic breakthrough, building on the success of his earlier comedic films with a frank, partially autobiographical film about love. Starring Allen as an anxious, fictionalized version of himself, and Diane Keaton as his free-spirited love interest, the loose, freewheeling film showed a contemporary romance that was both tender and funny. The film won Best Picture in 1977, launching Allen’s career as a serious dramatic filmmaker.
Known for its unique role as the first and only X-rated film to be awarded a Best Picture Oscar, John Schlesinger’s 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy” shocked audiences with its graphic depictions of sex and drug use. Starring Dustin Hoffman and John Voight as a pair of luckless drifters on the seedy side of New York City, the film also picked up the awards for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was a mammoth undertaking, and “The Return of the King,” the final installment in the series, received a staggering 11 Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous fantasy series, the films starred Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Liv Tyler in an epic quest to save the realm of Middle Earth.